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  • The select committee investigating Jan.6 met on Tuesday evening to discuss Steve Bannon.

  • The former White House adviser refused to comply with a subpoena.

  • By a unanimous vote, the bipartisan committee voted to hold Bannon for criminal contempt of Congress.

Former White House adviser Steve Bannon’s refusal to cooperate with the Jan.6 insurgency investigation suggests he and former President Donald Trump worked together to plan the day’s actions, accused Tuesday Representative Liz Cheney.

The comments came during a meeting of the House select committee to review the Jan.6 attack, which sought to prevent certification of President Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 election.

“Based on the committee’s investigation, it appears that Mr. Bannon had extensive knowledge of the Jan.6 plans and likely played a significant role in formulating those plans,” Cheney, a Republican from Wyoming, said. during a meeting.

A day before the unrest, Bannon promised viewers of his online show that “all hell is going to break loose,” as detailed in a report released this month by the committee. “It’s not going to turn out the way you think,” he continued, adding that “it’s going to be hugely different. All I can say is ‘buckle up’.”

Bannon refused to comply with the committee’s subpoena, citing the argument of former President Donald Trump’s legal team that the matters under consideration were subject to “executive privilege,” the principle according to which. which frank conversations between the president and his associates are generally not subject to the scrutiny of Congress.

President Richard Nixon invoked the same “privilege” during the Watergate scandal, an argument that was ultimately rejected by the Supreme Court. In its ruling, the High Court said the privilege was not “absolute” and not necessarily applicable in criminal proceedings.

Cheney argued that Bannon and Trump’s invocation of executive privilege “seems to reveal one thing: They suggest President Trump was personally involved in the planning and execution of January 6, and this committee will get to the bottom of it. “.

By a unanimous vote, the bipartisan committee voted Tuesday to recommend that Bannon be detained for criminal contempt of Congress.

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